Willie Yarbary, out of Wake Forest University, joined the Pirates in 2019 for their late season playoff run. He appeared in the team’s final two regular season games recording 3.5 tackles. Against Carolina in the playoffs, Yarbary had 1 tackle for a loss. Prior to signing with the Pirates, Yarbary spent time with the Atlanta Falcons in spring 2019 minicamp. At his next stop, the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, Yarbary played in one preseason game. Yarbary also played in The Spring League in 2020 and recorded an interception, a fumble recovery, and multiple sacks. Yarbary returns as a defensive lineman for his second season with the Pirates in 2021. With his quickness and size, expect Yarbary to knife his way into opposing backfields all season.
In 2018 Yarbary, as a senior, was voted team captain for Wake Forest. His 53 tackles and team high 5.5 sacks were good enough for Yarbary to be named All-ACC Honorable Mention honors. The Demon Deacons finished the season with a 7-6 record, earning an invitation to play in the Birmingham Bowl, which the Deacs won by a score of 37-34 over the Memphis Tigers. In the game Yarbary recorded 6 solo tackles, 1 sack, and 1 tackle for a loss.
2017 saw Yarbary start in all 13 games for the Deacs and compile 30 tackles, twelfth on the team, 4 sacks, third on the team, and 7.5 tackles for a loss, sixth on the team. Yarbary had a breakout game against Florida State, recording 4 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 tackles for a loss. In a game against Boston College Yarbary had 6 tackles, earning him Wake Forest Defensive Player of the Week honors. Wake Forest ended the season in the Belk Bowl where they defeated Texas A&M by a score of 55-52. Yarbary assisted on 3 tackles in the game.
The 2016 highlight from Yarbary’s sophomore season came against Louisville when he sacked Heisman Trophy winner, Lamar Jackson, twice. Yarbary started twice in ‘16 and recorded 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks on the season. One start came in the Military Bowl, a game which the Deacs beat Temple by a score of 34-26. As a redshirt freshman in ‘15, Yarbary was on the field for 221 snaps, 35 of those in a game against Indiana.
In high school Yarbary played both ways and helped Team Georgia defeat Team South Carolina in the inaugural Border Bowl. Yarbary is entering his age-24 season with Massachusetts this year.